Is it time to re-define “the basics”?
New campaign supports change in education
TORONTO, (September 16, 2019) – The term “the 3 R’s” – or “the basics” as they are often referred to today – was coined by an English industrialist in 1795.
According to a campaign launched today by People for Education, those basics are no longer enough.
People for Education’s research, and work with educators and academics from across the country, shows that it’s time to expand the basics well beyond that 200-year-old definition. The independent public education think tank is launching a campaign to help parents understand The New Basics – what they are, why they are essential for success in school, at work and in life, and how parents can help make sure their kids acquire them.
The New Basics are vital for success today and in the future
According to Sheldon Levy, former President of Ryerson University, “A child entering school this year will graduate in 2031. And every one of those children deserves an education that provides them with the skills and competencies they need to thrive and that ensures Canada remains a strong competitive country.”
People for Education says students still need the 3 R’s, but that it is just as important to teach them the skills and competencies in communicating effectively, collaborating, thinking creatively and critically, developing a sense of self and society, and learning to learn.
Campaign to support public understanding
The campaign features a series of publicly available resources on each of the five areas in The New Basics, a list of examples of outcomes in each area, and a 40 second animated video to start the conversation with parents on what skills their kids should have in their backpacks to succeed.
Annie Kidder, Executive Director of People for Education, says, “Parents hear about things like 21st century skills or transferable skills and global competencies. And employers are talking about the importance of creativity and critical thinking. But what exactly does that all mean? And why are those things important? This campaign provides clear information for parents and the public, so that we can all work together to make sure our next generations have the skills they need to thrive.”
All of the materials are available – in French and English on People for Education’s website at https://peopleforeducation.ca/the-new-basics/.